How you can help...

Keeping the Inspiration Alive


Minstead Study Centre opened in 1968.  Since then, over 105,000 children have stayed at the Centre and had the wonderful opportunity to learn more about the New Forest, the natural environment and their role in helping to protect and conserve it.  


In many ways, Minstead Study Centre was ahead of its time - teaching younger generations to care for our planet long before the world woke up to the damage we are doing. Now more than ever, young people need to learn about humankind’s negative impacts on the natural world and, crucially, what they can do to live more sustainably.

 In order to be confident that we will be here well into the future, we need continuing financial support from businesses, patrons (individuals who make regular donations) and well wishers who collect on our behalf or make donations. 

Our premises are owned by Hampshire County Council but we receive no funding from them. All our income comes from schools who pay to visit us. We try to keep our prices as low as we can so that all children, no matter what their background, have the opportunity to come to Minstead. We therefore seek funding and support from a wide range of sponsors and funders to enable us to maintain and improve our site, to develop new projects and to subsidise visits from inner city schools and young carers. This kind of funding is hard to access from grant making bodies on an ongoing basis, so is very important to our long term viability and ensures that we can offer visits to all young people, whatever their circumstances.  


On this page you will find a number of different ways in which you can support us. 


Become a patron

Our patrons make regular donations (monthly or annually) and the income we receive in this way allows us to continually update and improve the facilities at the Centre.   

Through regular donations we can plan for larger, capital projects such as the installation of a biomass boiler.


Make a Donation

Donations towards our work are always welcome. You can: 

  • Donate via PayPal - using our email address:

  • Send a cheque made payable to 'Friends of Minstead Study Centre'

  • Donate via our CAF Donate page or click on the link below.

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Become a corporate sponsor

You can help us in a number of ways:

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  • Become a corporate sponsor and partner – pledge a fixed amount of money each year to support our work.  In return we can offer you the use of our facilities for staff team-building events.

  • Make us a beneficiary of company / employee fundraising – could your staff take on a challenge to raise money for us?

  • Donate staff time or products to us – we often need volunteers in our 7 acres of grounds and frequently need building and gardening materials

  • Support our projects – we are constantly looking for ways to improve our site and usually have one or more projects on the go for which we need financial support. Currently we are fundraising towards replacing the thatched roof on our roundhouse, expanding our Big Grow project to include outreach work with local schools and also towards making Minstead Study Centre truly “Zero Waste” (buy buying some kitchen equipment, such as an apple press, that makes this possible).

  • Make a one-off donation

 We would be delighted if you would like to visit us here at Minstead to find out more about what we do and to talk about how we might work together with you.



Other ways to Donate...

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Fundraise on our behalf...

There are many ways you can help to raise money for Minstead Study Centre - hold a cake or book sale, take part in a sponsored event, organise a collection, hold an event and donate some of the proceeds.... if you would like to make us a beneficiary of your fundraising, please email or call Kate on 023 8081 3437


Give as you live...

You can support us every time you shop online. Simply go to, create an account and join the Friends of Minstead Study Centre community.

When you want to make an online purchase from well known stores such as Amazon. John Lewis, Argos etc., just log into your give as you live account and access the store through this site.

Each time you shop, give as you live receives a donation, up to 3% of the value of your purchases, which is passed straight on to The Friends of Minstead Study Centre. This gives us a valuable stream of donations at no additional cost to you.

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Remember us in your will

By leaving a gift in your Will you can help secure the future of Minstead Study Centre so that children and adults alike can continue to benefit from the inspirational teaching and magical setting. If you’d like to discuss leaving a legacy to our charity, or just have an informal chat about it please contact: